The Fielding Bible Awards have been announced, and two Diamondbacks have won. Paul Goldschmidt and Gerardo Parra were selected as the best defensive First Baseman and Right Fielder, respectively, in the entire Major Leagues by The Fielding Bible. It is the first such award for either of them, and it is Goldy's second award this offseason after his Hank Aaron Award. They are the fourth and fifth Diamondbacks to win the award, as Orlando Hudson won it in 2006, Eric Byrnes won it in 2007, and Justin Upton won it in 2011. Current Diamondback Aaron Hill also has two awards from his time with the Blue Jays.
Goldschmidt finished second among First Basemen in Defensive Runs Saved to Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (13 to 16), and was the first player to record what Baseball Info Solutions Video Scouts (the company that conducts the awards) 100 "Good Fielding Plays." Parra tied Andrelton Simmons of the Braves for the highest single season Defensive Runs Saved with 41 this year.
The Fielding Bible Awards have existed since 2006 and are awarded on the basis of statistical analysis for defensive play. (The panel includes Bill James and Joe Posnanski) Unlike the Gold Glove award, the Fielding Bible is awarded to the best player regardless of league. Both Goldschmidt and Parra are nominated for Gold Gloves, which will be announced tonight at 5:00 PM Arizona time.